HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - South Jones coach Cory Reynolds is well versed in his program's history.
"I knew in high school when I was at Wayne County in the mid-nineties they were pretty salty," Reynolds said. "I know in the late eighties they played for a state championship and they were always a solid team."
Now, after a couple years getting things off the ground, Reynolds and the Braves are once again making noise
The team is 5-0 heading into district play Friday against Brookhaven. These are encouraging times for a South Jones program that won one game in Reynolds' first year two years ago.
Through each step of the way, the message has remained the same.
"From day one we talked tremendously about the team," Reynolds said. "All we wanted to do is block and tackle, throw and catch and kick and cover. The first year we went 1-10 that was what we preached. Last year we went 7-5 that's what we preached. And this year so far we're 5-0. We're doing a better job of it and we want to keep it simple and make the kids play hard and play fast. Reynolds started eight freshmen during that one-win season. You better believe there were growing pains."
Reynolds said, "It was tough. It was something I've never been a part of like that. But the kids played hard. The community got behind me. It wasn't a lot of, I guess outside pressure to win. They knew what we were trying to do. We were trying to build a program."
Having spent time at Petal before coming over to South Jones, Reynolds knows what a winning culture feels like. Sustaining success plays a huge role in this.
"It's a good reward," he said. "Right now that part of the season is over. We can't enjoy that too much. Now starts district. We're one of the toughest districts in the state. I think if you look at the schedule and look at everybody else in the district we're kind of going to be the cupcake. Everybody else is having greats years and we're going to have to step it up and get after it."